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Friday, May 25, 2012
Postgame Recap - Game 44
Final score: Trenton 4, Akron 3
Synopsis: After a solid outing from Adam Miller and more stellar relief from the bullpen, the Thunder used a double from Cody Johnson and a single from Luke Murton to walk off winners against the Aeros on Thursday night.
Can't Stop Cody: Johnson was the star of this night, as he has been for virtually the entire season. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games, hit a game-tying two-run homer, threw out a runner at the plate with a strike from left field and set up the game-ending rally with the ninth-inning double.
He said after the game that, although both the double and homer came on hanging breaking balls, Akron had thrown him more fastballs this series than he'd seen all season. That's just not smart. Tony Franklin said after the game that in all his years of managing, Johnson is in the top five when it comes to players who hit the ball the hardest.
Akron got Fingered: Miller was throwing in the low to mid 90s with the fastball all evening. When he got in trouble, it seemed to be when the heater had too much side-to-side run. He hit Akron catcher Roberto Perez in the helmet in the third inning on a fastball that just kept veering toward the right-handed batter's box.
A Bullish Pen: Kelvin Perez got the final out of the fifth before putting himself in a huge jam in the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, though, he reached back and found his best stuff to freeze Chun Chen get get Ben Copeland to wave at high heat.
Lee Hyde got two outs in the eighth before handing things over to Ryan Flannery, who used his mix of deception and control in the lower half of the zone to get the game's final four outs.
Picks to click: Here is Mike Ashmore's game story from this evening.
Flicks to click: Here are six videos I shot Thursday night.